Philly Staff


Melissa Page Peter

Mi Casita Owner and Founder

Señorita Melissa Page began speaking Spanish in Kindergarten. Since then, Melissa has developed a love of the Spanish language and culture and a passion for increasing Spanish language education for children of all ages.  Full Bio >>


Cynthia Cosio


Cynthia was born in Philadelphia and grew up just out of the city in Narberth, Pennsylvania. Both of her parents are from Cochabamba, Bolivia, although they met in New York City! She spent her childhood summers visiting her family in Bolivia. Full Bio >>

Jessica Alvarez

Front Desk

Jessica was born and raised in South Philadelphia. Although she was enrolled at Milton Hershey School most of her life she is fluent in Spanish because of her Colombian roots. Full Bio >>

Billy McGinnis

Special Projects Manager

Billy was born in San Juan, Puerto Rico, where he lived for most of his childhood. Growing up on the island allowed him to simultaneously learn English and Spanish. In 2003 Billy and his family relocated to New Jersey. Billy lived in Philadelphia while he attended and graduated from the University of the Arts with a BFA in Photography. Full Bio >>

Maestra Barbie

Lead Teacher

Barbie is from Caracas, Venezuela, one of Venezuela’s most modern, dynamic and diverse cities. Its climate is often described as its best feature: never cold, seldom too hot. She holds a Bachelors degree in International Business with a specialization in Communication and Social Media. Full Bio >>

Maestra Marianela

Assistant Teacher

Marianela is from the Dominican Republic. She is a graduate of Philosophy and Literature from Autonoma de Santo Domingo University. She decided to come to the United States in 2017.  Full Bio >>


Maestra Ginna


Maestra Nuri


Nuria was born in Zaragoza, Spain. Since she was a child knew she wanted to become a teacher. She studied Elementary school teaching at Universidad de Zaragoza. As languages are really important to her... Full Bio >>

Maestra Katiann



Maestra Juliana


Juliana is from Cali, one of Colombia’s largest and most vibrant cities.  She has a Bachelor of Arts degree in Communication and her deep interest in learning languages led her to study English and French. Full Bio >>


Maestra Raquel


Raquel feels honored to be working along side the wonderful staff at Mi Casita.  During the past fifteen years, her experience with children has been a positive one.  Raquel enjoys working with young students and teaching them the fundamental skills needed at this early stage. Full Bio >>


Maestra Daniella


Daniella was born and raised in Philadelphia. She was exposed to Spanish at a very young age. Both of her parents were born and raised in the Dominican Republic and decided to incorporate their traditions and language into their household. Full Bio >>


Maestra Joan


Joan was born and raised in Puerto Rico until she was 10 years old. She came to the United States along with her mom Johanna and siblings eager to learn another language about 12 years ago. Full Bio >>


Maestra Johanna


Johanna was born and grew up in Salinas, Puerto Rico. She graduated from Stella Márquez high school and earned an additional secretarial certification. She continued her studies at la Pontificia Universiadad Católica de Puerto Rico, where she earned her bachelor degree in education. Johanna worked for 10 years at Universal Career college in the small towns of Guayama and Coamo in Puerto Rico. Full Bio >>


Maestra Yoana


Yoana was born in the month of love, February, in the city of Santo Domingo, Dominican Republic. She grew up there in a very united and loving Christian family. From a young age she liked to sing, dance and help people. She has a Bachelor’s in Psychology. Full Bio >>


Rosalita “Rosie Lamb”

Mi Casita Mascot and Therapy Dog

Rosie is the beloved mascot of Mi Casita. After working hard for her Good Canine Citizens test, Rosie Lamb was thrilled to on board as the Mi Casita Therapy Dog. Whether it’s a boo boo or missing a mommy, Rosie Lamb is there to provide comfort and support. When not working her day job, Rosie Lamb loves playing with her dog amigos in the dog park, going on long walks, and begging for human treats.


Now Hiring!

We are always looking for passionate and caring teachers to join our familia. For more information and to discuss the hiring process, please email us at We love our staff and the family-like environment we are surrounded by each day.